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LaunchCuts: A launcher for shortcuts

On MacStories, Federico Viticci reviews LaunchCuts, an $8 Shortcuts utility:

LaunchCuts is the latest entry in a series of meta-utilities designed to extend Apple’s Shortcuts app with new functionalities… [it’s] is the most peculiar and niche I’ve tested….

If you have less than 20 shortcuts installed on your iPhone or iPad, you’re likely not going to get much benefit out of LaunchCuts’ advanced organizational tools; but if you’re like me and use hundreds of different shortcuts on a regular basis, and especially if your library has grown out of control over the past few years, you’re going to need the assistance of LaunchCuts to make sense of it all.

Federico has the right attitude about this app: It’s not for most people, or even most Shortcuts users. However, it does solve a fundamental problem that the Shortcuts app has had since it was called Workflow: A complete lack of ability to filter the shortcuts list, which can get out of control in a hurry.

I tend to run most of my Shortcuts from the Share sheet or via a widget, but whenever I am creating or editing Shortcuts, I have to drift slowly through the largely unordered Shortcuts interface to find what I want. It’s something that Apple should’ve addressed already, but at least LaunchCuts provides a clever hack to simplify things in the meantime for those who have more than a couple dozen shortcuts.

(LaunchCuts is available in the App Store.)